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Macomb Board Chairman Flynn won’t seek re-election

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

David Flynn, the youngest commissioner and chairman ever elected in Macomb County, will not seek re-election this November, his office announced Wednesday.

Flynn has served five terms on the County Board of Commissioners since 2006. He was first elected to the board at the age of 20. The board appointed Flynn chairman in 2013 and again in 2015.

Flynn, 30, said Wednesday he was leaving the board because it was “time for a change.” He said he has not yet decided on what he will do next.

“I have absolutely no plans right now ... which is so scary and exciting,” Flynn said. “It’s been a unique opportunity and I’m proud of the work that we have been able to do in Macomb County when it comes to reforming government, expanding higher education and promoting regionalism.”

Flynn, who lives in Sterling Heights, said his accomplishments included establishing satellite campuses in Macomb County for Wayne State University and Oakland University; forming a Regional Transit Authority that allows the county to draw federal dollars and connect residents to their jobs and schools; and finding a way to fund Macomb’s retiree healthcare obligation for its employees.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said he was surprised to learn Flynn would not seek re-election.

Hackel praised Flynn for helping the county transition to an executive form of government with fewer commissioners. Flynn also helped the county balance its budget when there were deficits, Hackel said.

“I think there is a bright future in store for Dave,” Hackel said. “He will do well no matter what he does. He is a bright guy.”

The board of commissioners election will take place in November. The filing deadline is Tuesday.

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